Optimizing The 5 Functional Medicine Lifestyle “boxes” To Support Resilience In The Wake Of Covid-19

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One of the unexpected—and potentially positive— consequences of the COVID-19 experience is that many people are starting to appreciate how and why their underlying health truly matters.  Functional medicine’s “root cause” and optimized lifestyle approach is tailor made to support this shift in awareness.

There are multiple reasons why one can have increased susceptibility to viruses (such as COVID-19) but the best general defense is to make sure your immune response is healthy.  The most effective practical immune support comes via maximizing what we at FoundationMED call “the 5 boxes”.  Here are some practical considerations:








If you are considering functional medicine, and aren’t yet sure where or how to start, consider working with one of FoundationMED’s health coaches to better help you see how the functional medical approach can help. FoundationMED health coaches are specialists in helping you pinpoint lifestyle areas that need improvement. They are also experts who help you shrink big changes into small, manageable actions that, over time, produce lasting results. What might seem to be a small shift in something like your nutrition or sleep hygiene could have significant positive impact. Many find the experience of working with our health coaches to be a very positive one.

FoundationMED also has highly trained physicians who are available for a deeper dive into working to assess and address any number of issues, including an advanced wellness evaluation. Health coaches work closely with physicians to optimize your health and well-being. 



A small investment now in your health and wellness can yield big dividends down the road. Ask yourself this question:

When you consider the 5 lifestyle pillars of Functional Medicine (the “five boxes”), what vulnerabilities might you need to attend to now, so that you will be more resilient in the future?


FoundationMED looks forward to supporting your goals!  www.foundationmed.com 


Kelly O'Brien, NBC-HWC Kelly Day O’Brien is a Duke Integrative Medicine trained Integrative Health Coach and has over 25 years of healthcare-related experience. As a FoundationMED Health Coach, Kelly provides resources, support and accountability as you strive to make healthy changes. She has extensive experience with the diet and lifestyle recommendations that serve as the foundation for your treatment plan. Guided by her coaching expertise, you’ll set a plan in motion to achieve your vision of optimal health. Through a collaborative partnership, you’ll identify obstacles to change and create strategies for sustainable health and wellness goals.

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